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    Censorship Disguised as Cybersecurity: Cambodia’s Proposed Cyber Law

    A recently leaked bill before Cambodia’s parliament would be the first to explicitly outlaw cyber crime in the country, but it would also serve as a means for the Cambodian government to repress opposing political views. The bill specifically makes it an offense to post any content that would “hinder” … More

    Indonesia: Elections an Opportunity for Improved Governance

    Upcoming parliamentary and presidential elections in Indonesia are heating up after the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle’s (PDI-P) announcement that Jakarta’s popular governor, Joko Widodo (known as “Jokowi”), will run for president. As the vastly favored candidate, Jokowi’s popularity offers promise for consolidation of democracy. Improvement in Indonesia’s democratic credentials … More

    U.S. Press Freedom 2014: Much Is in the Eye of the Beholder

    The headline from “World Press Freedom 2014,” published by Reporters Without Borders (RWB), was grave: The United States has plummeted in its rankings of 180 countries. From a not-so-great number 32 in 2013, we are now down to 48. When the group first produced its comprehensive “World Press Freedom” index … More

    Turkey: Erdogan Government’s War on Media

    Hundreds of brave journalists in Turkey took to the streets of Istanbul this week to protest new laws tightening censorship of the Internet. In early February, Azerbaijani journalist Mahir Zeynalov was expelled from Turkey for the crime of “insulting the prime minister” in a Twitter post, the first since 1995 … More

    Ukraine: Despite Calm on the Surface, the Political Crisis Boils on Below

    Last Saturday morning, a Ukrainian television journalist, Oleh Kryshtopa, awoke to find that his car had been set on fire overnight. Witnesses reported seeing three men who they think were the arsonists. Kryshtopa says the terrifying act of vandalism is a warning—and payback—because he has been actively reporting on the … More

    Africa: U.S. Leadership Needed to Promote Democracy

    Freedom House’s annual Freedom in the World 2014 found that sub-Saharan Africa declined in all seven categories of global political rights and civil liberties. Most telling was that, of the 10 countries listed as the “Worst of the Worst” in this year’s report, five were African countries, including the Central … More

    American Leadership Needed as Global Freedom Declines

    Freedom House has just released its 41st annual survey of freedom in the world. It shows an overall erosion in global freedom for the eighth year in a row. Just 40 percent of the world’s population now lives in “free” countries. Some of the biggest declines in global freedom occurred … More

    Internet Freedom in Decline

    The recently published Freedom on the Net 2013 report by Freedom House shows a negative movement worldwide, even in the countries listed as “free.” This has been a persistent trend for the three years Freedom House has conducted the survey. The tug of war between governments and Internet users continues, … More

    Tweeting for Their Country: Diplomats and World Leaders Warm to Twitter

    Twitter is coming of age. Today, the social website will be offering its shares to the public, following in the somewhat faltering footsteps of its competitor Facebook. But this is not the only the reason the 140-character social website is making its mark. World leaders, from President Obama to Iranian … More

    Hatch: U.S. Should Protect Sovereignty, Not Promote a U.N. Treaty

    Senator Orrin Hatch (R–UT) delivered a broadside on the Senate floor last week to proponents of U.S. ratification of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), a United Nations human rights treaty signed by the Obama Administration in July 2009. Senator Hatch analyzed the treaty in the … More